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13: Amos Otis-MLB

In 1986, Amos Otis was inducted into the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame. A three-time Gold Glove winner and five-time all-star, Amos Otis played for the Royals from 1970 through the 1983 season and is still top-3 in several all-time offensive categories for the Royals including: hits (3rd, 1977), HR (3rd, 193), runs (2nd, 1074), triples (3rd, 65) and RBI (3rd, 992). Acquired from the Mets for Joe Foy, Otis helped the Royals become one of the most consistent winners in the mid and late 1970s...

Duration: 00:44:20

12: Benny Friedman - NFL

He was one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, and had it not been for Benny Friedman there might not be an NFL! That’s how key he was to the development of the game. Friedman turned the pro game from a running game to a passing game. In fact, he was throwing for more touchdown passes in a season than the rest of the league combined! Friedman set the record with 20 TD passes in 1929, a mark that wouldn’t be equaled until 1977. As a college QB he led Michigan to...

Duration: 00:47:58

11: Hal Newhouser

During the three-year stretch of 1944, 45 and 46, Hal Newhouser of the Detroit Tigers put together three of the most dominant seasons any pitcher has ever enjoyed. Overall he went 80-27 with a 1.98 ERA. He completed 83 games and tossed 20 shutouts. He won the MVP Award in 1944 and 1945 (the only pitcher to ever win back-to-back MVP Awards) and finished second in 1946. Overall, he was 207-150. Overlooked for Hall of Fame honors, noted author David M. Jordan penned the book, “A Tiger in His...

Duration: 00:46:12

10: Nate Colbert

Nate Colbert played first base for the San Diego Padres during the early 1970s. Very few fans turned out to see him play. The Padres weren’t that good. In fact, they were one of the worst teams the game has ever seen. But, the few fans that did go out to see Nate Colbert play saw one of the game’s most feared sluggers. In fact, he is still the team’s all-time leader in home runs. But it was one day, August 1, 1972, that catapulted Colbert into the same conversation as one of baseball’s...

Duration: 00:33:51

09: Willie Anderson

Willie Anderson is the only golfer in history to win three straight U.S. Open golf championships. In fact, if not for a fourth place finish in 1902, he would have five in a row. Only Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones can match his four victories. Yet, when you mention the name Willie Anderson to most golf fans and most sport’s fans very few, if any, know who he is. How can this be? How can someone win four U.S. Opens and be forgotten? Join host Warren Rogan and special guest Tony...

Duration: 00:40:07

08: Dean Chance

Dean Chance pitched for the then Los Angeles Angels in the early 1960s. The Angels were a so-so team, but in 1964, Dean turned in one of the most dominant seasons in Angels history. He went 20-9 with a 1.65 ERA for a team that went just 82-80. But that was only half the story. Dean won the Cy Young Award that year to interrupt Sandy Koufax’s string of three Cy Young’s in four years. Denny McLain, the last man to win 30 games in a single year and a 2-time Cy Young Award winner joins the...

Duration: 00:44:31

07: Tony Lema

Tony Lema was one of the best golfers in professional golf. In 1964 he won the British Open, and was knocking at the door of the Big 3 of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. He was as tough as the came, as evidenced by his 8-1-2 record in Ryder Cup play. But he was also one of the most fun-loving guys on the PGA TOUR, and the media loved him too! They loved the fact that they were treated to a round of champagne after every one of his victories. Injuries affected his play in 1965...

Duration: 01:02:08

06: Teofilo Stevenson

Teofilo Stevenson was one of the most powerful heavyweights of all time. Although he never fought professionally, he is still regarded as one of the best ever. He is the only boxer to ever win three-straight Gold Medals in the Olympics. He did it in 1972, 1976 and 1980. Some think he would have won a fourth straight Gold in 1984, however, this Cuban superstar didn't fight in 1984 because Cuba boycotted the L.A. Games in support of Russia. Tom Clark, a noted author, joins Warren Rogan to...

Duration: 00:45:21

05: Ed Delahanty

In the early 1900s, Ed Delahanty was the biggest star in baseball. Regarded, by some, as baseball’s first 5-tool player, he hit over .400 three times, and was the game’s most powerful hitter. But he was struggling financially and, essentially, had to pay his team to continue playing. Big Ed was caught up in a battle between the well-established National League and the upstart American League. He was so distraught over his situation that he left his team in the middle of a road trip and was...

Duration: 00:35:35

04: Bill Barilko Part II

In overtime of game 5 of the 1951 Stanley Cup Finals, Bill Barilko scored to give the Toronto Maple Leafs their 4th Stanley Cup Championship in 5 years. Barilko was the toast of the town. Unfortunately, however, it would be the last goal Barilko would ever score. Shortly afterwards, Barilko went on a fishing trip with his good friend, and dentist, Dr. Henry Hudson. Neither of them would ever be seen alive again. The small plane Hudson flew disappeared. The Leafs fell on hard times, and it...

Duration: 00:29:16

03: Bill Barilko Part I

Bill Barilko was a young hard-hitting defenseman for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was called up to the Leafs towards the end of the 1946-47 season and helped Toronto win the Stanley Cup. He helped the Maple Leafs win the Cup again in 1948 and 1949. Toronto became the first team to win the Cup three straight years. After failing to make it to the finals in 1950, the Leafs returned in 1951 and Barilko scored the Cup-clinching goal in overtime of Game 5. The Leafs had won 4 Stanley Cups in 5...

Duration: 00:42:51

02: Billy Cannon Part II

After leading LSU to a National Championship and winning the Heisman Trophy, Billy Cannon was selected No. 1 in the NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams and then GM Pete Rozelle. But the upstart AFL also had its eyes set on Cannon; and Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams offered Cannon a contract he couldn't refuse. With two contracts in hand, and both leagues claiming rights to Cannon an arbitrator was called in. Ultimately, Cannon was awarded to the AFL. Charles deGravelles, author of "Billy...

Duration: 00:29:11

00: About Sports' Forgotten Heroes

Description of Sports' Forgotten Heroes. This summary outlines the fact that a new podcast of Sports' Forgotten Heroes will be released every other Tuesday. Additionally, it details some of the great heroes we will be discussing like Billy Cannon, Bill Barilko, Ed Delahanty, and Dean Chance. Links: ©2017 Sports' Forgotten Heroes

Duration: 00:02:44

01: Billy Cannon Part I

Billy Cannon was a Heisman Trophy winning running back for LSU. He helped lead the Tigers to a National Championship in 1958 and followed that with a stellar career in the AFL and a brief appearance in the NFL. In this two-part series of Sports Forgotten Heroes, author Charles de Gravelles and Sports Historian Jim Weathersby join Warren Rogan to take a look back at the career of Cannon, his fall from grace after his playing days were finished, and where he is today. Links: Sports'...

Duration: 00:39:33